Past, Current and Future Galaxy Surveys

CANDELS Meeting and TolTEC Workshop @ UMass

   October 21 - 26, 2018
   University of Massachusetts Amherst

We hope you will join us for two exciting meetings at UMass being held from October 21 - 26 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! 

Participants can attend the CANDELS Meeting October 22 - 24 (with an opening reception on October 21), the TolTEC Workshop October 25 - 26, or both. 

The deadline to register is August 31.

"The Universe by the Light of CANDELS: Past and Future", October 22-24
CANDELS has yielded one of the most extensive public Legacy/Treasury data set for galaxy evolution studies to date, from imaging to spectroscopy and from X-ray to radio through UV/Optical, NIR, MIR and FIR. The conference will summarize the key accomplishments and the major results obtained as part of the CANDELS projects, both by members of the collaboration and by the community at large, as well as identify the most promising future lines of research, especially in light of the upcoming new facilities. In addition to presentations from the CANDELS team, we will have invited and contributed talks, posters and ample time for discussion.

CANDELS was funded by NASA through the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Confirmed invited speakers for the CANDELS meeting include: Peter Capak (IPAC/Caltech), Avishai Dekel (Hebrew University), David Elbaz (CEA Saclay), Sandra Faber (UCSC), Harry Ferguson (STScI), Steve Finkelstein (UT Austin), Susan Kassin (STScI), Laura Pentericci (INAF), Alvio Renzini (INAF), Linda Tacconi (MPE), Rachel Somerville (Flatiron Institute).

"The next generation extragalactic millimeter surveys: A planning workshop for public legacy surveys with TolTEC/LMT", October 25-26.
TolTEC is a large-format (7000 detector) imaging polarimeter that will be mounted on the recently commissioned 50-meter Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), a joint collaboration between UMass Amherst and Mexico. From 2019 to 2021 TolTEC and LMT will conduct two public extragalactic legacy surveys at 1.1, 1.4 and 2.1mm: an Ultra-Deep Survey of Star-forming Galaxies and a Large Scale Structure Survey. The data from these TolTEC legacy surveys will be made public and we are soliciting input from the community on the fields to cover and exact area/depth parameters for each extragalactic survey. At this workshop, we will discuss the science goals of these surveys, prioritize the ancillary data needed to complete this science and converge on the fields and survey strategy. The TolTEC workshop will be mostly discussion oriented with a couple of invited science talks to motivate our discussions. During the discussions, we encourage all participants to contribute ideas for the survey fields and parameters, important ancillary data products, simulations/modeling, etc. Once registration closes we will contact those of you who are interested in contributing to the discussions with information on how this will happen (e.g. could be showing a few slides or leading a discussion topic).

Confirmed invited speakers for the TolTEC workshop: Kristen Coppin (Univ. of Hertfordshire), James Dunlop (IfA Edinburgh), Chris Hayward (Flatiron Institute), Jacqueline Hodge (Leiden University), Jack Sayers (Caltech), Nick Scoville (Caltech)

More details on TolTEC can be found on our website:

The TolTEC project is funded by the National Science Foundation through the MSIP program.

TolTEC workshop organizing committee: Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE), David Hughes (INAOE), Alexandra Pope (UMass), Grant Wilson (UMass), Min Yun (UMass).

Registration includes conference sessions, breaks and lunch, as well as discounted parking at the Campus Center Parking Garage. The deadline to register is August 31.

  • CANDELS Meeting Only (October 22 - 24): $250.00
  • TolTEC Workshop Only (October 25 - 26): $125.00
  • CANDELS Meeting & TolTEC Workshop (October 22 - 26): $375.00
  • Optional CANDELS Meeting Opening Reception (October 21): $27.00
  • Optional Conference Banquet (October 24): $50.00 

Click the "Register Now" button above! You will then create an account with us using your email address and password of your choice to login to the registration form. During online registration you will be able to select your registration rate and provide additional pertinent details, such as dietary restrictions, food allergies, and any other special requests. Payment is accepted online by credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover), or you may select to mail in a check. For registration related assistance, please contact us at or 413-577-8102. 

Any registration and/or payment received after October 5, 2018, will be assessed an additional $40.00 late fee. Any cancellation received by the close of business (5 p.m. ET) on October 12, 2018, will be issued a refund less a $60.00 cancellation-processing fee. All cancellations must be submitted to the Registration Office in writing by way of email or fax (, 413-577-8130). Cancellations received after the close of business on October 12, including no-shows, will be ineligible for a refund. 

There are many lodging options in Amherst and the surrounding area, from independent hotels to familiar chains to local B&Bs. Lodging is not included in the cost of registration. We recommend attendees stay at Hotel UMass when possible (see below). Click the "On-Campus & Area Lodging" tab above to learn more about your options!

Hotel UMass is located on the UMass Campus, right in the Campus Center. We have a limited number of rooms available at $159/night for the nights of Sunday, October 21, through Thursday, October 25 (checking-out Friday, October 26). The Group Code is CAN18C. The discounted group rate will be available until September 21, or until space fills.

Reserve at or 877-822-2110 

If you have any questions about registration, payment, or the University of Massachusetts Amherst please don't hesitate to contact the Registration Office (413-577-8102 or